Growing Young is a CBFNC initiative in partnership with Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). Based on the research findings of FYI and its subsequent book, CBFNC is committed to helping churches better welcome and engage young people ages 15-29 and beyond.

 In January of 2019, a Growing Young Cohort was launched in partnership with the NC Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America (ELCA). In total, 24 churches (16 CBFNC and 8 ELCA) are participating in a year-long cohort to dive deeper into learning how to implement strategic plans to better welcome and engage young people in the church.

Join us for the 2020 Cohort!

Growing Young Cohort is a learning community where CBFNC churches can gather together to discover how they can change the culture of the church to better welcome and engage young people (ages 15-29) in the life of the WHOLE church. The 2020 Growing Young Cohort was delayed due to COVID-19 and has been redesigned as a digital cohort. The cohort is also expanding to include more churches in addition to those that had previously committed.

In partnership with Fuller Youth Institute, a participating church will discover their own gifts for ministry with young people and work toward a transformation plan that will include contextual strategies for a cultural shift within the church.

The 12-month cohort will include four digital summits, online webinars, coaching sessions, a church-wide assessment, and interactive peer learning, plus CBF specific webinars and access to new digital content. Cost is $2,500 per church. Registration deadline is September 22 with the first webinar on September 29. Email Andy Jung for registration information at

Click here to access the CBF Growing Young Cohort Fact Sheet.

Registration deadline is December 16.

The participating CBFNC churches are:

  • Ardmore, Winston-Salem
  • First, Burnsville
  • First, Goldsboro
  • First, Lexington
  • First, Marion
  • First, Mt. Airy
  • First, Statesville
  • Forest Hills, Raleigh
  • Hillsong, Chapel Hill
  • Lakeside, Rocky Mount
  • Macedonia, Raleigh
  • Oakmont, Greenville
  • St. John’s, Raleigh
  • The Memorial, Greenville
  • Trinity, Raleigh
  • Westwood, Cary

For more information about Growing Young, please visit their website.

If you are interested finding out more information about Growing Young, please contact Andy Jung at

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